Blood Orange Italian Soda

blood orange italian soda Thank you for all of your encouraging advice on my weird sewing phobia. I had big plans to open that darn box this weekend – until a stomach virus made its way through the family and sent me to the hospital (all is well, thank goodness).

I managed not to get dehydrated because one of my weird pregnancy cravings is sparkling water. I think I may single-handedly be keeping San Pellegrino and Charmin in business.

While buying pomegranate juice for my usual soda concoction, I spotted the Whole Foods’ line of Italian sodas. Blood Orange Italian Soda? Yes! Finally a reason to buy the cool-looking citrus that I’ve never know what to do with!

blood oranges To give it a little sweetness I’ve tried both simple syrup and agave nectar. The real sugar version is my favorite – the sweet tooth strikes again.

And if you can’t find blood oranges, try pomegranate juice or muddled raspberries or even plain oranges.

homemade blood orange italian soda Blood Orange Italian Soda

  • 1/4 cup juice (1-2 large blood oranges)
  • About 12 oz or 1 1/2 cups of sparkling water
  • 1-2 tablespoons of simple syrup


Combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water in a small sauce pan. Heat on low until sugar is dissolved. Juice your oranges and strain if you don’t like a bit of pulp. Pour juice in cup and add mineral water. Be warned, you might get some frothing. Add simple syrup as desired. Enjoy!

Note: You can put your extra simple syrup in a sealed container and store it in the fridge.


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  1. Emmi says

    Sounds great! I love vanilla italian sodas, so I usually bust out the Torani syrup and cream for that, but I’ll have to try the blood orange. I am also addicted to sparkling water. We were going through so much (it’s the only water I’ll drink now) that we decided to invest in a Soda Stream. If you’ve never heard of it, you’ve got to check it out! Our friend had one and showed us and we got one the very next week. It’s a machine that holds a carbonator and you basically make your own sparkling water from any plain water. You can add your own syrups, or juices, or they have syrups to make traditional sodas (cola, lemon-lime, etc). I don’t care for their syrups and tend to stick with fruit juices, but at $15 for a replacement carbonator that lasts me about a month (I make at least one 1L bottle a day) it’s much cheaper than buying bottled sparkling water. Plus, the bubbles last longer than San Pellegrino. For us, it was worth the up-front money since it’s all I drink nowadays. Apparently, they’re quite trendy nowadays so you can find them all over. Anyways, just thought I’d share that tip!

  2. Tara@Tales of a Trop says

    Looks yummy and refreshing. I love to sew and always have people asking me to learn, so I am doing a series on my blog. So far, I’ve done 3 lessons. Hope you’ll join me.

  3. says

    I’ve never had Italian Soda… I should make some for my grand-father I bet he would love it :)

    When you say ”simple syrup”… what is it?

    Thank you so very much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer… From Dream To Reality!!

  4. says

    Wow, sounds delicious! I’m on the lookout for great non-alcoholic drink ideas for a party coming up, so I’m definitely pinning this. And the color is gorgeous too! Thanks for the inspiration!

  5. says

    I drink so much sparkling water too! The Whole Foods brand is pretty cheap though, so I don’t feel too bad about it. :) I just love Italian soda because it’s a little less cloyingly sweet than the regular kind. And blood orange? OH YES! I hope you submitted this photo to FoodGawker!

  6. says

    San Pellegrino is THE BEST. That italian soda sounds AMAZING. Did you know traditional italian sodas you put cream in them? I worked in an Italian cafe and was always waiting for the drink to curdle every time I made one

  7. says

    Oh, this looks great! What a fun little recipe! Thanks for sharing!

    Hope you don’t get any more sickness at your place, I am so sorry you all got hit with that.

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